Get ready for Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball and help local schools too
The kids have Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, but the holiday certainly isn’t exclusive to little ghouls and goblins on Queen Anne. For those 21 and over, Targy’s Tavern is hosting a Halloween Costume Ball next Friday, October 28th with live DJs spinning tunes for a Halloween dance party. Plus, proceeds go to local elementary schools, so the kids benefit too.
Last year, Targy’s hosted a Halloween costume party that ended up being a great Queen Anne community event. They’re doing a repeat performance this year, and the suggested $10 donations benefit John Hay Elementary, Coe Elementary, and Queen Anne Elementary. So, while you’re grooving to tunes spun by Queen Anne’s own three-person DJ crew, SpaceStation206, you’ll also be helping out our local schools.
Each of the SpaceStation206 DJs has a unique style, so in addition to Halloween themed songs like Thriller and Ghostbusters, they’ll also play a mix of both current dance songs and old school 80s and 90s classics – last year, a conga line formed for Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long.
The Halloween dance party begins at 9pm at Targy’s Tavern, 600 West Crockett St, with voluntary $10 donations accepted at the door. Costumes are encouraged!
Get your costume ready and head to Targy’s Halloween Dance Party next Friday!
Firefighter Story Time at the Queen Anne Library this Thursday
A favorite Seattle Public Library program is coming back to Queen Anne. October is fire prevention month, and Seattle Fire Department firefighters will hold story times with books on fire safely for local children. Plus, they will have firefighting equipment and trucks on display to inspire all future firefighters.
Firefighter Story Times is free and everyone is welcome, no registration required. In addition, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available.
Mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 6th from 11am to 11:30am at the Queen Anne Branch, 400 W Garfield St for Firefighter Story Time. Especially timely or those little ones who plan to be firefighters this Halloween (like the photo above from a couple Halloweens ago) or beyond.
Community meeting on new addition to Queen Anne Elementary this Monday
Queen Anne Elementary is a recipient of funding from the Seattle Public Schools Excellence IV (BEX) Capital Levy. Seattle voters approved the levy in 2013, and now the community can learn more about how the funds will benefit Queen Anne Elementary.
The building originally opened in 1905 (and still has the original John Hay name on it) and was recently modernized for reopening as Queen Anne Elementary in 2011. As with many elementary schools in the area, Queen Anne Elementary is suffering from overcrowding. The $16.4 million in funding allows it to grow via an addition with 8 new classrooms (200 seats) and a new gymnasium.
The latest scope documents show that the scope of work will include, but is not limited to, the aforementioned classrooms and gym as well as, technology infrastructure, redevelopment of the site (bus, parking and drop off), covered walkways, an outdoor covered area, street frontage improvements, and the demolition of existing portable units.
Design work for the new addition and gym began in February of this year. Seattle Public Schools expects the construction to start in June 2018, with a planned 2019 opening.
If you would like to learn more, ask questions, or provide input on the project, attend a community meeting at the school (411 Boston St) this Monday, June 6th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. At the meeting, you can learn more about the project scope, schedule, and design.
Rally for reinstatement of Queen Anne Elementary Principal on Friday
We’ve had several emails from Queen Anne Elementary parents today about the resignation of Principal David Elliott. Per parents, Seattle Public Schools has accepted Elliott’s resignation, which is being described as a “forced” resignation. Seattle Public Schools has not issued a formal statement, the flyer below is from Queen Anne Elementary parents.
The QAE parents are hosting a rally and petition signing at the corner of 4th Ave N and Newton St, tomorrow, Friday, October 23:
The Seattle Public Library is rebranding and seeking public input
The SPL logo and name will change –
check out the survey to see what’s proposed
The Seattle Public Library has kicked off a rebranding initiative, and it’s seeking public feedback via a survey on the new name, three new logos, and a descriptive mission statement. I took the survey last night, it’s short and well worth your time if you have an opinion on the future of SPL.
“Seattle Public Libraries” is the proposed new name, and you can comment on how you feel about this name, as well as the traditional “The Seattle Public Library” name. Plus, you get a peek at 3 different new logos for the library, with an open-ended response to provide your thoughts on each logo – whether you like it or not, what you like/dislike about the proposed graphics and text, and general comments.
The branding initiative is privately funded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, but it’s ultimately the community’s library – so speak up and voice your opinions in the web survey.
Survey input is due by 5pm on Sunday, October 11th – but don’t delay, take 5 minutes today to take the survey. You’ll be able to check out the new logos (they look very different) and mission statement, as well as let SPL know what you think of the proposed new name.
Teacher Rally today starting and ending at Seattle Center will impact traffic
A late notice last night from SDOT on a Teacher Rally today that will impact traffic around the Seattle Center and downtown. Here’s what you need to know…
Teachers are picketing select schools today starting at 8am. They’ll then travel via bus to the Seattle Center for an Educator March and Rally for Education Funding. Staging for 70 buses will take place on roads surrounding the Seattle Center starting at 10am.
At 11am the march kicks off at the Seattle Center Broad Street Green Sculpture Garden. About 2,000 educators, parents, students, and supporters are expected to march from the Seattle Center to Westlake Plaza for a noon rally, then back again to the Seattle Center via 4th Ave N.
The rally/march is expected to end at 2pm, but with 70 buses and 2,000 attendees, expect traffic impacts to last later than 2pm. Here’s the route map to plan your travels:
SPS teacher walk out tomorrow means Queen Anne Community Center and Pool events
If your kids are in the Seattle Public School system, that means there’s no school for them tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th due to a teacher walk out.
The City is offering free activities for students at both the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) and the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W). Seattle Parks and Recreation will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers – including the Queen Anne Community Center – for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade.
The free program runs from 7am to 6pm on Tuesday, May 19th. It includes supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.
Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis – there are still spots to sign up online for the QACC. A completed registration form is required, and you can fill it out online here. You can also fill out a registration forms the day of the drop-in service.
Parents are asked to pack a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to students unable to bring their own.
The Queen Anne Pool is also hosting a special Public Swim. Kids home from school can attend the swim from 3-4pm. Rates: $3.75 for Youth (1 – 17), $5.25 for Adults, $3.75 for Seniors. (Those 5 year of age and under and less than 4 feet tall need to be with an adult in the water for safety.)
The 5 Spot is celebrating 25 years on Queen Anne and giving back to the community again
The 5 Spot is truly a Queen Anne neighborhood institution, serving food to locals and visitors alike, and supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and events. It’s now been at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St for 25 years. That milestone alone is a good reason to stop by the 5 Spot this month – but there’s more.
This Monday, March 16th, if you dine at the 5 Spot, you can help out one of our local elementary schools at the same time. The 5 Spot is hosting “Dining Out for John Hay” to help showcase the school’s upcoming online auction and raise money for the school’s Arts program.
For all food sales between 8:30am and 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of the proceeds to John Hay. It’s an easy way to support both a local business and Queen Anne students at the same time.
Thanks to the 5 Spot for its continuing neighborhood support, and happy 25th anniversary!
Happy Blue Friday! with help from Queen Anne Elementary
Earlier this week we posted this video on Facebook and tweeted it out, and it has snowballed since then! About 450 Queen Anne Elementary students made the “Heart of the Seahawks” video with help from their teachers Melyssa Stone and Amanda Amsel. The Seattle Times, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and more have picked up the story, and the video was tweeted out by Pete Carroll.
So, to celebrate Blue Friday, here’s their video:
McClure holding Open House and Tour for prospective students and their families
If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be middle-schooler, mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 29th. McClure Middle School is hosting an Open House and Tour to help families learn more about Queen Anne’s neighborhood middle school. Incoming students can learn more about their new school and parents can learn more about what McClure offers its students.
Check out the flyer below for all the information you need to know: